Top 6 Controversial Moments In World Cricket In 2018
Virat Kohli (Credits - Twitter)

The year 2018 is not only about the runs, wickets, catches or a new-careers for youngsters but also it saw a lot of other stuff. One of the intriguing and debatable things of all are controversies. Though they are certain every year, this year, it reached a level higher. Figuring out few, let’s look at the Top 6 Controversial Moments In World Cricket In 2018.

Here are Top 6 Controversial Moments In World Cricket In 2018

6. David Warner-Quinton de Kock involving in a fight:

Top 6 Controversial Moments In World Cricket In 2018
A snap from CCTV recordings. (Credits – Twitter)

It was quite a series for Australia, who ended up on the wrong side of things for various reasons One of them was the fight between David Warner and Quinton de Kock. The duo involved in a war of words, which later got personal.

De Kock passed on a comment of Warner’s wife, which provoked Australian to go at him while their walk to the dressing room. He almost punched De Kock in the face, however, Tim Paine and Co pulled him back. David Warner was fined 75 per cent of his match fee and given three demerit points following the incident.

5. Shakib Al Hasan breaks the glass during Nidahas Trophy 2018:

Top 6 Controversial Moments In World Cricket In 2018
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Well, Nidahas Trophy will also be remembered for quite a few reasons for the fans of Asia. They have witnessed the madness in the game of cricket while enjoying the game. During the course, Shakib Al Hasan-led Bangladesh felt that umpires are being supportive of the hosts Sri Lanka.

For the same, he called back his players without participating in the further contest. Later, it got settled but the furious Shakib broke the glass in anger, Though there was no conclusive evidence to impose fine on him, the reports stated that it was Shakib.

Shakib was furious while talking to the fourth umpire near the boundary line. Both Shakib and substitute fielder  Nurul Hasan were found guilty of breaching Level 1 of ICC’s code of conduct, which calls for  25 per cent fine and one demerit point each.

Top 6 Controversial Moments In World Cricket In 2018
Dinesh Chandimal (Credits – AFP)

4. Dinesh Chandimal’s Ball-tampering saga followed by Protest:

Chandimal was found guilty of changing the condition of the ball during the second day’s play of the second Test, which played at Gros Islet against Windies He was given two suspension points and fined 100% of his match fee, the International Cricket Council announced in a statement.

Later, for the same, Sri Lankans took the field after a two-hour delay, “under protest,” after umpires Aleem Dar and Ian Gould asked for the ball to be changed after play on Day Two. Sri Lanka Cricket later released a statement defending its cricketers.

Ramesh Powar, Mithali Raj
Ramesh Powar with Mithali Raj. (Credits – Twitter)

3. Mithali Raj’s snub in the ICC T20I World Cup 2018 semifinal:

One of the worst controversies in the year was the spat that revolved around Mithali Raj. It was quite surprising to see the whole team management, skipper, the head coach and the higher officials joining together to leave out Mithali from the playing XI.

Regarding the same, Mithali wrote a letter to BCCI, which was leaked out to media to cause a big stir. Ramesh Powar was taken out from the respective role despite the backing of the skipper Harmanpreet Kaur and Mandhana.

After nearly two weeks of the ruckus, BCCI invited fresh applications for the coach’s position and WV Raman was given the job

Top 6 Controversial Moments In World Cricket In 2018
An Incident from the game. (AP Photo/Halden Krog)

2. Sandpaper Gate:

Perhaps, this is something, which none of the boards ever ask in any kind of situation. They have lost their precious players and the reputation of the country after their cricketers found guilty of ball-tampering in the weirdest way.

They used sandpaper for tampering the ball and was caught red-handedly on the big screen. Later, Steven Smith and Co admitted their mistake openly with honesty. However, the respective board haven’t convinced with their explanations.

The captain Steven Smith, David Warner was banned for a couple of years while Cameron Bancroft banned for a 9-month period. The nation is still struggling for the lack of those three players in the side, across the formats.

Top 6 Controversial Moments In World Cricket In 2018
Virat Kohli (Image Courtesy: Getty)

1. Leave India – Virat Kohli to a fan

Well, the comment made by Virat Kohli when he conducted an interaction session was the most viral one during its times. In one of those questions, a fan explained his disliking to Virat Kohli and called Australians and English people bats in a stylish way.

The message did not go down well with Kohli who answered – “I don’t think you should live in India, go and live somewhere else. Why are you living in our country and loving other countries? I don’t mind you not liking me, but I don’t think you should live in our country and like other things. Get your priorities right.”

Later, Virat Kohli revealed that he asked the fan to leave, not for disliking him but for degrading Indian players.

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